Meghann Joyce

Attorney Meghann Joyce Sioux Falls

Your Strategic Advantage

MEGHANN JOYCE

Sioux Falls Lawyer in Litigation, Employment, and Construction

Meghann Joyce is a complex litigator and your team’s strategic advantage during HR problems, construction disputes, and appeals. When the stress is high, Meghann lifts the weight off the shoulders of overworked business owners, company executives, and human resource professionals who need strategic solutions to their legal problems. As a deep thinker with keen analytical skills, Meghann strives to take the worry off your plate and help you efficiently resolve disputes from the initial claim through an appeal so that you can focus on improving the well-being of your employees and your business.  Meghann protects your company’s name and money when problems arise and proactively gets ahead of issues before they’re known.  With several years of legal experience, Meghann has brought and defended several appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court and has worked with solo and small law firms as they navigate an appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court.  From complex litigation involving employment issues and construction disputes to appeals, Meghann’s priority is to ensure the comfort and confidence of her clients during challenging moments – to make it worth it for her clients.

 

CONTACTS

Direct: (605) 275-7988

Office: (605) 371-2000

Fax: (605) 275-2039

Cell: (605) 645-9752

Meghann is a thinker, writer, and storyteller – all great traits for a trial lawyer. Viewing her cases as a puzzle, she solves even the most complex issues for her clients.  Whether federal employment statutes and regulations, the many contractual relationships in a construction dispute, or any other complex legal problem, Meghann enjoys digging into an issue until she sees patterns evolve and then distilling those patterns into a plan.  She ensures that this plan is accessible and understandable, whether in a discussion with a client, a litigation plan, a pleading, or a brief. As your strategic advantage in the courtroom, Meghann strives to be a zealous advocate for her clients.

Growing up in a small town in Iowa, Meghann became involved in mock trial at a very young age. When Meghann was thirteen, her team finished third at the state tournament. At that moment, she was smitten with the law and knew that it was what she was meant to do. To this day, Meghann keeps a team picture taken on the final day of the tournament in her office to remind her why she chose this profession.

When asked what she liked most about practicing law, Meghann’s response was simple, “I just love the law.” Meghann went on to explain, “But even more than that, there is nothing more satisfying than obtaining a positive result for a client.  The feeling that you get when your clients look over at you with sincere appreciation after a victory is incredible.  The appreciation that they convey is not so much that they won – although that’s certainly part of it! – but it is even more that you advocated for them or told their story in a way that no one else has.  As a lawyer and advocate, I live for that moment.”

LICENSED IN: South Dakota and Minnesota.

Meghann’s “Why”

Meghann and her husband, who is also an attorney, have a full house with two young children, a dog, and a cat.  Meghann stays active by running and doing yoga.  She believes that running and yoga sharpen her law practice as they teach her to find her edge and “lean in” to a challenge.  Although she grew up in Iowa, Meghann now calls South Dakota home, having attended the University of South Dakota for both undergraduate and law school.

University of South Dakota School of Law, Juris Doctor

  • Sterling Honor Graduate
  • Moot Court Board (2008-2009, Vice President)
  • Trial Advocacy Team
  • Native American Law Students Association
  • Student Bar Association First-Year Mentoring Program
  • Horace and Dorothy Jackson Memorial Award, Best Brief (2009)
  • Alan Bogue Best Team Award, Runner-Up (2009)
  • Emory Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition
    • Quarterfinalist (2008)
    • Second Place Brief (2008)
  • Sam Masten Intramural Moot Court Tournament
    • Champion (2007)
    • Best Brief (2007)

University of South Dakota, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Civic Leadership Studies

  • NCAA Division II Track & Field All-American (2004 & 2006)
  • NCAA Division II Track & Field Academic All-American (2002-2006)
  • Women’s Track Team, Team and Academic Team Captain
  • Mock Trial Captain
  • Political Science League, Vice President (2003-2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Golden Key Honors Society

Boyce Law Firm, LLP, Sioux Falls, SD

Senior Litigation Associate, 2011-2018

      • Member of the litigation section of the firm, representing clients in a wide variety of general civil litigation matters, including family law, insurance and insurance bad faith litigation, trust and estate litigation, commercial litigation, employment law and litigation, motion practice, depositions, and appeals.

Supreme Court of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, SD

Law Clerk, 2009-2011

      • Served under The Honorable Justice Glen A. Severson
      • Assisted Justice Severson in drafting memoranda, writing judicial opinions, and preparing for oral argument; legal research.

State: South Dakota and Minnesota

South Dakota Bar Association

  • Practice Rules Revision Committee
  • CLE Committee

Second Circuit Bar Association

  • President, June 2016-March 2017

Second Circuit Women in Law

  • President, June 2013-June 2014
  • Vice President/President-Elect, June 2012-May 2013

South Dakota Trial Lawyers’ Association

South Dakota Defense Lawyers’ Association

  • Member, Board of Directors, November 2014-Present
  • Vice President, November 2017-Present

Defense Research Institute

  • Appellate Advocacy Section
  • Social Media Committee (October 2017-Present)

Sioux Empire SHRM

Leadership Sioux Falls, Class 28

  • “South Dakota Appellate Practice: Statistics, Insight & Practice Tips for Appeals to the South Dakota Supreme Court,” South Dakota State Bar, Law for Lunch Webinar, December 21, 2017.
  • “South Dakota Supreme Court Update: Opinions, Rule Changes & Analysis,” South Dakota Defense Lawyers’ Association, Annual Meeting & Seminar, November 10, 2017, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • “How Appealing: How to Do an Appeal to the South Dakota Supreme Court,” South Dakota State Bar, Statewide Swearing-In Nuts & Bolts CLE, October 27, 2017, Pierre, South Dakota.
  • “Think Like a Lawyer: The Importance of Documentation in the Construction Industry,” National Association of Women in Construction, Sioux Falls, South Dakota Chapter, January 5, 2016, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • “Interviewing Prospective Employees: What to Say and What Not to Say,” South Dakota Municipal League, Elected Officials’ Workshop, July 8, 2015, Pierre, South Dakota.
  • “Human Resources Basics,” South Dakota Municipal League, City Finance Officers’ School, June 12, 2014, Chamberlain, South Dakota.
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